Unformatted text preview: various kinds of f oral ornament—baskets of f owers woven in the form of a shield, long garlands worn around head and neck, a choice f ower at the end of a stick. Dancers pelted each other with balls of f owers. Fig. 14-5. An Aztec plan of a small portion of the gigantic chinampa system-the arti F cial “island” gardens (“ f oating gar-dens”) constructed 2000 years ago in the area of Mexico we now call Mexico City. The major canals were large enough for navigation in f at-bottomed boats. The areas with footprints are paths. The portrait pro F les stand for the homes of the farm owners with names in hieroglyphics and some translated into Roman letters by a Spanish scribe. Fig. 14-6. A cross section of the raised, arable areas in the chinampa, each about 15 to 30 feet wide. Weeds, sediment and mud are piled on top of each “island,” and the roots of plants, maize in this case, and trees, help keep the mounds from crumbling....
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course HIST 302 taught by Professor Jensic during the Summer '10 term at Purdue.
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